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Sam Wallace is Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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Nathan Redmond in action for England Under-21s

Nathan Redmond: We want to change the image of young England players

Midfielder insists they do care and will prove it at upcoming European U-21 Championship finals, writes Sam Wallace

At 23, Jack Wilshere is central to Roy Hodgson's plans for England’s midfield

Jack Wilshere: I made the same mistake twice - but I am not a smoker

England midfielder was asked what the biggest mistake of his career was

Members of the England squad during training this week

Slovenia vs England preview: Unbeaten since their World Cup agony, but it's still the familiar old England

Despite changes in personnel and formation, Roy Hodgson's side are just where they usually are at this stage in the cycle

Christian Benteke

Liverpool transfer news: 'World-class’ Christian Benteke should stay, says Fabian Delph

Benteke has been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer and has a £32.5m release clause in his current contract

Joe Hart: 'We need to beat Slovenia, keep an unbeaten run and qualify as soon as possible – we have started something and we need to build the momentum'

England vs Slovenia: Joe Hart says winning more important than entertainment in aftermath of 0-0 draw with Ireland

'We need to beat Slovenia, keep an unbeaten run and qualify as soon as possible – we have started something and we need to build the momentum'

Ruben Loftus-Cheek in action during Chelsea's friendly with Sydney FC

Ruben Loftus-Cheek row: Jose Mourinho was right to blast Chelsea youngster, says Gareth Southgate

The Chelsea manager was furious with his performance during the post-season friendly against Sydney

Jack Wilshere leads the chanting at Arsenal’s FA Cup parade

Jack Wilshere says criticism of Tottenham chants during Arsenal victory parade was 'harsh'

Wilshere said that the draw against Ireland, a forgettable match, was required for England to tune up ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier in Slovenia

Kenny Sansom celebrates Arsenal’s League Cup victory over Liverpool in 1987

There's help available for Kenny Sansom – but first he has to be ready to help himself

Kenny Sansom could put a date on the first time he got blind drunk: 30 May 1981, at the age of 22 and 18 caps into his England career. His errant father, George, had turned up out of the blue to watch him play for England against Switzerland in Basel and afterwards had thrust a glass of Buck’s Fizz into his son’s hand and then another and another.

Phil Jones in action for England against Italy

Phil Jones: I never said that I was England's Andrea Pirlo

He played in the holding midfield role against Italy in March

ITV apologise to viewers after dreadful England performance against Republic of Ireland

ITV pundit Paul Scholes described game as 'a waste of an afternoon'

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